Mountain Almanac for the Week of May 10

Tuesday, May 10

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission  will meet at the GMF Town Hall on May 10 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is in-person and available on Zoom.

Wednesday, May 11

Teller County Playgroup is FREE to any Parent or Caregiver with children ages 5 & under. Older siblings welcome. Come meet a great group of friends for you and your little one! Exchange wisdom and support with other parents while exploring the world with your child through music, movement, arts and crafts, free play, story-time, field trips, and themed structured activities. Meeting twice a week, Playgroup offers opportunities for developmental screenings, school assessments, and information on local resources. Playgroup meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30AM – 11:00AM.  Our temporary location is at The Resource Exchange at 509 Scott Avenue, Woodland Park. January playgroup activities focus on Social Emotional Development. For more information visit:

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for May 11 at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center at 9 a.m. Meet at the lower level and choose a one, two or three-mile hike. Maps are available. Healthy living tips and mindfulness exercises to enhance your walk. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water. Free admission.    .   .

The Woodland Park RE-2 School District will hold a town hall-style meeting, dealing with plans for Merit Academy to lease a portion of the Woodland Park Middle School facility.  The meeting will be held in the district office and will replace the regular scheduled meeting of the school board. It will begin at 6 p.m.

Thursday, May 12

The Teller County Commissioners will meet on May 12 at 9:15 a.m. in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek.

Workplace Active Shooter Training. Scheduled for May 12 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. The purpose of this event is to prepare employees/employers how to handle the threat of an Active Shooter in the Workplace. The class will teach employees to participate in their own survival, while leading others to safety.  Though no one can guarantee
success in this type of situation, this set of skills will greatly increase the odds of survival should anyone face this form of disaster. Trainers will be provided from the Woodland Park Police Department. For more information, call 719-687-9885.

The Woodland Park Planning Commission will  meet on May 12 at 6:30 p.m.. in the Woodland Park Council Chambers.  The meeting is available in-person and via Zoom

Friday, May 13

Shooting Nights in Victor, sponsored by the Teller  Rifles group.  A number of us get together almost every Friday night at the 50′ indoor shooting range downstairs at the Elks Lodge in Victor at 7 p.m. for contests with a .22LR pistol or rifle.  The entrance (white door) is on the southside parking lot level. (Mind your head going in!)

You don’t have to be a member of Teller Rifles. (Though it’s free, most of us leave a donation for the Elks building fund to help maintain the range.)  The Teller Rifles Challenge still stands.

Friday Night Creative Chill. Participants will enjoy an evening of painting and socializing in a relaxing and fun atmosphere. Each class will feature a different painting theme based on the time of the year. All painting material and supplies will be provided. First glass of wine included. Must be 21+. Preregistration is required. Please register online by the Wednesday before the class, scheduled at the Ute Pass Cultural Center’s North Room. The next class is scheduled for May 13 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 719-687-5225.

Saturday, May 14

Spring Market. The Woodland Park Farmers Market will hold their spring market on May 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. For more information, call Sara Swart, 571-205-6788.

Tee-off Time.  The Shining Mountain Golf Course has opened for the 2022 season, weather permitting. The 18-hole course, the driving range and putting/chipping area are open for play/practice, along with the Shining Mountain bar. Carts are available, but the cart-path-only rule for the season will be in effect to protect the turf. The restaurant is scheduled to open on May 19. A limited menu will be available Thursday through Sunday throughout the season. For more information, and to make tee-times, call 719-687-7587.

Sunday, May 15

Donkey Release. Come and celebrate the release of the resident Cripple Creek Wild Donkey Herd from their winter grazing grounds into the city.  This is an annual event and the donkeys are very excited to leave their pasture for the greener grasses throughout the community.  The release takes place annually on May 15th at 11:00 a.m.   This year the Gold Camp Victorian Society is providing a living history reenactment of Teddy Roosevelt, during the release.  President Roosevelt was instrumental in improving the working conditions for the donkeys in the mining industry.  Some of the Cripple Creek donkeys are decedents from the donkeys that worked in the mining industry. This year we also welcome Calypso and Salsa to the herd.  They were recently adopted and will join the rest of the herd as they wonder the streets of Cripple Creek this summer. For  more information, visit the city’s tourism information website.


Cinco de Mayo Bingo. Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with some food, drink and fun! Sponsored by the Ute Pass Kiwanis Club and scheduled for May 18 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. For $20 you get to join the fiesta! All proceeds go to the children of Teller County.

Chamber Business After Hours is Teller County’s largest networking event.  All Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce members are encouraged to attend.  Take advantage of this opportunity to network and catch up with your friends, clients and customers plus meet new members in an informal setting.  Business After Hours is a great way to share information about your business and learn about other members. Fun, food, drinks and door prizes.  Don’t forget your business cards!
The next Business After Hours is scheduled for May 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. It is Hosted by Foxworth – Galbraith Home Improvement System, located at  300 S. Chestnut Street in Woodland Park. Take advantage of 25 percent discounts on in-store items. For more information, call 719-687-9885 or visit the chamber’s website.

Join Keep Woodland Park Beautiful, Woodland Park Main Street, and City employees in helping to clean up our downtown for the coming spring.Meet up at Bergstrom Park at 8:45 am on May 20, 2022. We will be sweeping the sidewalks and washing windows. Gloves and gear provided, but please bring extra brooms if you have them!SIGN UP to volunteer on the Keep Woodland Park Beautiful Facebook page.

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